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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Preparing Your Home Without Breaking the Bank


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It’s summertime, and a lot of people are getting ready to sell their homes. If you’re in preparation mode, you want your home to look as good as possible to increase its value, but you don’t want to break the bank in preparing it. We have five easy and cost-effective ways you can spruce up your home’s value without investing a ton of money into the preparation.

1. Paint. A fresh coat of paint and a splash of color is an easy way to warm up a home and make it look more updated. Use a soft, neutral color to warmly welcome buyers. If you want to add some bright color, put it on the front door. It can differentiate your home from others on the outside and make it shine from the street.

2. Curb appeal. Aside from the front door, a few simple tasks can help your home look great to the buyers who are walking up to it. A layer of mulch is the easiest and quickest thing to do. Pulling weeds and making sure the yard is maintained by mowing and planting a few flowers here and there will make a big difference as well. Add touch-up paint to the eaves and baseboards too.


If you want to add some
bright color, put it on the front door.


3. New appliances and hardware. Even if the rest of the kitchen needs work, new appliances or hardware can further entice a buyer.

4. Quick bathroom updates. A newly painted vanity, hardware, fixtures, and new lighting can make a tired bathroom look fresh again. A fluffy set of towels, a nice rug, and sleek accessories make the space look good too.

5. New bedding. You would be surprised how new bedding can transform the look of your bedroom for next to nothing. There are two schools of thought on how to apply this tip. You can either get a cheap bed set that looks nice, or spend a little more for something with the look and feel of luxury.

We have been helping a tremendous amount of homeowners get top dollar for their homes without breaking the bank in the process of getting it ready. If you want to talk more about your home, your future goals, or you’re just curious about how these things enhance your sale, give us a call or send us an email. We would love to help.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Best Time of Year to Sell Is Nearly Over


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With less than a month left in the spring market, the best time of year to sell your home is about to end. The window of opportunity is closing, so if you want to take advantage of the strongest buyer demand of the year, now is the time to get your home on the market.

It is incredibly important in this market to price your home correctly. In Orange County, homes priced below $750,000 are in a hot market. Many sellers are drawing multiple offers, some even over asking price. The same is true for homes priced under $600,000 in LA County, as well as homes priced below $500,000 in the San Bernardino area.


There are already signs that the market is shifting.



That said, there are already signs that the market is starting to shift. Demand is peaking in certain price points and the active listing inventory is actually growing. Despite low interest rates, demand is not continuing to grow for two reasons: homes are not realistically priced, and graduations mark the beginning of summer distractions. Buyers are sidelined this time of year because they are out celebrating the successes of family and friends instead of looking for homes.

Don’t worry, though; this is a cyclical downshift in buyer demand. Every year, the listing inventory increases around this time and demand just naturally drops. When that happens, the market cools.

Overall, depending on your price point, the market is extremely hot, and interest rates are low. Still, it is a great time to buy and sell real estate. If you have any questions, give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Top 4 Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Realtor


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There are many great questions you could ask a real estate agent before hiring them, but today I want to talk about four specific questions that will quickly tell you whether you should work with this person or not.

  1. Does the agent have a lot of experience? You’ll find that agents have varying levels of experience in the market. If you’re unsure about someone, ask about their track record and demand to see an agent report card. 
  2. What is their communication plan for you? This is essential, and you need to be able to get in contact with your Realtor without hassle. Look for someone who is responsive, and someone who will not pass you off to an assistant.
  3. Is this agent passive or active? You don’t want an agent to stick a sign in your yard and hope that it sells (it won’t). You need someone who has a dedicated marketing plan that utilizes social media, Internet marketing, print marketing, and word-of-mouth. 
  4. Does the agent have the tools to sell your home? How do they generate leads? What is their marketing strategy? How will they get buyers inside your home? These are all questions that you need to be asking.

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